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    Target announces Starbucks as coffee retailer for Canadian stores (Starbucks Newsroom)

    Loblaws launching loyalty program to coincide with Target entry (Globe and Mail)

    Zellers reviews options for outlets ‘left behind’ (Globe and Mail)

    Canadian malls are the Target of expansion(Montreal Gazette)

    Sobeys and Target: a winning combination (Financial Post)

    Target’s rejected sites in high demand by rival retailers (Globe & Mail)

    Walmart, Canadian Tire in Target's crosshairs (Financial Post)

    What we can expect: Tony Fisher talks about Target Canada (Financial Post)

    Target’s Canadian foray hits cost hurdle (Globe & Mail)

    Announcement of which Zellers are to convert coming by end of May? CTV

    "Death of Canadian retail greatly exaggerated" Rona CEO (Financial Post

    Impact on Canadian Tire (Financial Post)

    Canadian Retail Industry Viewpoints (Profit Magazine)







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    Are Things Looking Up For Target?

    Target TGT +0.15% has been the retail sector’s favorite punching bag of late. But are things looking up for the chain? Some analysts think so.

    The cheap-chic discounter has suffered a brand-damaging security breach that led to the May resignation of CEO Gregg Steinhafel, a 35-year company veteran, as well as a botched expansion into Canada.

    What’s more, the chain’s mass-tige (mass-prestige) edge, stoked, in part by its signature designer collaborations from names like Missoni and Issac Mizrahi, has dulled.

    But Brian Cornell, Target’s new CEO plucked from PepsiCo PEP -0.41% last month, might be just the jolt it needs as it takes sound steps to right the ship, retail analysts said.

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    Target Canada president aims to ‘reset’ supply chain, improve pricing to win over Canadians

    TORONTO — Target Corp is repairing the supply chain problems it holds largely responsible for last year’s botched Canadian expansion and expects to show measurable progress on a turnaround by this fall, its top executive in Canada said on Tuesday.

    In its first international expansion, Minneapolis-based Target opened an unprecedented 124 stores and three distribution centers in Canada last year, losing nearly $1 billion as sales fell far short of expectations.

    Disappointed shoppers complained of higher prices than in U.S. stores, poor selection, and empty shelves, and distribution center workers told Reuters that poor planning led to supply chain problems that began long before the first store opened.

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    Target's problems run deeper than Canada: Analyst

    Target’s problems run deeper than the 130 stores in Canada, according Janney Capital Markets analyst David Strasser.

    His firm is more concerned with shrinking profit margins in the U.S., which has 1,795 stores and where new chief executive officer Brian Cornell took charge effective today.

    Cornell replaces former CEO Gregg Steinhafel.

    “Our contention is the retail environment, led by online retailers and WMT (Walmart), has structurally changed industry margin dynamics and Mr. Cornell will need to readjust TGT’s (Target’s) margin expectations to adapt to this new world,” according to a research note from issued Monday by Strasser and his associates at Janney.

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    Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn to Exit Toronto's 100 Bloor Street West

    Early next year, Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn will exit Toronto's 100 Bloor Street West. As a result, about 37,000 square feet of new retail space will become available in the heart of Canada's 'Mink Mile'. 100 Bloor's landlord substantially raised its rents, according to sources. 

    Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, and Pottery Barn Kids have occupied spaces at 100 Bloor Street West since 2001. 

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